Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Danger Warnings -

1968 - The sta­tion in Tufton Street was com­pleted and boasts six floors along with cus­tody cells and a se­cure park­ing area. Part of the con­struc­tion in­cluded us­ing con­crete pan­els for the ex­te­rior cladding which are held in place with pegs. The sys­tem is said to have a 50 to 70 year life­span.

2006 - First re­ports of fall­ing con­crete lumps from the cladding and fall­ing peb­bles, leav­ing the steel re­in­force­ment ex­posed.

Jan­uary 2015 - A pro­tec­tive fan (scaf­fold) was set up af­ter con­cerns were raised, and char­tered sur­vey­ors from Col­lier Stevens were brought in.

Oc­to­ber 2015 - Col­lier Stevens handed over its re­port about the dan­ger­ous con­di­tion of the build­ing, and rec­om­mended two im­me­di­ate steps: To re­move con­crete pan­els of the rooftop para­pet, and to put up a full scaf­fold.

Novem­ber 2015 - Full scaf­fold­ing was erected around the whole build­ing

De­cem­ber 2015 - Rooftop con­crete pan­els re­moved

March 2016 - Kent Po­lice said it was re­view­ing the long term fu­ture of the build­ing. Ch Insp Kevin Dyer said res­i­dents could rest as­sured that lev­els of polic­ing in Ash­ford would not change.

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